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Philliskirk Previews Today's Youth Team Game

11 March 2015

Tony Philliskirk's youth team face arch rivals Blackpool today as they look to continue their assault on the Youth Alliance League title.

The two went head-to-head for the league trophy last season with Blackpool just coming out on top, however Latics extracted their revenge by beating them in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup.

Previewing the game, Philliskirk said: "Both sides have had a big transition this year and we are both still at a similar level. The lads have played a lot of games recently so it gives me a chance to rest a few players and rotate the squad. Blackpool are a good team and play football in the right way.

"It is important all the players play. The midweek games are allowing us the option to give everybody minutes on the pitch. Games are coming thick and fast and we have eight games this month so it's going to be a tough task for the lads but the lads would rather play than train. 

Second year players Callum Etches and Jack Tuohy were forced off with injuries at the weekend. "Callum will be fit for the game but we have to assess Jack," admitted Philliskirk. 

"If Jack was diagnosed with concussion then there is a criteria you have to follow and a stringent check. If there is any doubt then he will not play." 

The game takes place at Chapel Road (Kick off 11am).

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